Month: June 2015

Lord of the manners

I’ve always stood up for good manners and we’ve always tried to instil them in Dylan and Xander. For the most part, they’re polite little lads who know when to say please and thank you and also when to be kind to others. Teaching good etiquette isn’t always easy though – especially when our efforts are undermined …

Golden Nuggets of Advice

I’m a strong believer in respecting my elders and listening to what they have to say and this is just what TSB’s Golden Nuggets of Advice campaign is all about. I’ve always paid attention to financial advice from my parents – they’ve been there, seen it, done it and probably didn’t waste any money on the T-shirt. So …

Next Fathers Day

A father and son in matching clothes.

Practically everything I wear comes from Next, so when they got in touch recently to see if Dylan and I would like to take part in their ‘Mini Me’ project for Father’s Day, it was an easy decision to say yes please. Soon afterwards, this huge bag arrived… Dylan is very much a miniature version …

Brand aid

Having worked as a magazine journalist/copywriter/social media manager/web editor sort for the last ten years – that’s my CV in a nutshell, in case you’re interested – I’m no stranger to the importance of brand identity. The alarming thing is that Xander – who only recently turned three – is just as good when it comes to …

Father’s Day gift guide

An espresso pot on a kitchen surface.

Father’s Day is fast approaching and, if you’re on the lookout for a present for your dad or something on your kids’ behalf for your partner, here are my recommendations. I’ve gone for options that will suit a range of budgets and have chosen products that I was very happy to receive myself. So, without further ado, here’s my …

Welcome back, Clangers!

The Clangers.

I’m truly delighted to be writing this post. A certain children’s TV programme that I’ve always had an affinity with is back. What’s more, I was lucky enough to be invited to the premiere at the weekend. I remember watching Clangers for the first time when I was a little boy and being utterly enchanted by these …

Masters of farts

Having two little boys and an innate ability to laugh at childish things myself, I always knew that they would discover toilet humour one day. I think I could be forgiven for thinking that it would take them a little longer than it actually has to realise the downright hilarity of faecal matter and private parts, but that time …